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Update to Police Bail rules

3rd April 2017 saw significant changes in the powers of the Police to bail those arrested for criminal offences. Previously the police had been able to bail  suspects for weeks and months on end, even in some cases more than 12  months. You will have read in the press some of the cases involving celebrities, bailed for more than a year, only for the police to...

Commercial Property Standard Enquiries Forms

Commercial Property Standard Enquiries Forms In every Commercial Property transaction, it is usual for standard enquiries to be raised by way of the Commercial Property Standard Enquiry (CPSE) Forms.  There are currently 7 CPSE forms in use:- CPSE 1 – General pre-contract enquiries for all commercial property transactions CPSE 2 – Supplemental pre-contract...

The myth of the common law spouse lives on

More and more people are choosing to live together without getting married.  They have children together.  They buy family homes together.  Many believe that if they live together for more than 6 months as “common law spouses” they acquire the same rights as couples who are married to each other. Sadly, they are wrong, and never more so when it comes to...

Exchange of contracts in conveyancing and what it means

It’s time to exchange, but what actually is that? Throughout your conveyancing transaction, whether it’s buying, selling or both, there will always be an exchange of contracts. This is a crucial step in the property transaction, but what actually is it? Exchange of contracts takes place when the majority of the technical legal work is done. You should have...

Everyone Knows A House When They See One – Or Do They?

Houses are for living in and most people would say that they would know one if they saw one. However, the use of buildings frequently changes over time and a Court of Appeal decision in a leasehold enfranchisement case revealed just how tricky it can be to define exactly what is, and is not, a house. The case concerned a large Edwardian townhouse and mews annexe...

Legal Documents Are Worthless if Not Properly Served

Legal documents are not worth the paper they are written on unless they are formally served on those to whom they are addressed. In one case exactly on point, a bankruptcy petition was dismissed after a statutory demand was posted through the letterbox of a house in which a judgment debtor had never lived. A professional firm had obtained a default judgment...